Vermont State Police

A bump stock next to a disassembled .22-caliber rifle, shown in 2013. While the House passed a ban on bump stocks Friday, the Senate version of S.55 did not include such a provision.
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On Oct. 1, it will be illegal in Vermont to possess bump stocks — a device that attaches to a semi-automatic weapon to speed up the rate it fires.

And starting Monday, Sept. 17, the Vermont State Police will accept bump stocks from residents who voluntarily turn them over.

A stock photo close up of the blue lights atop a police cruiser.
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Vermont’s law enforcement agencies are adding nine new "drug recognition experts," or DREs, as the state sees an increase in the number of drug-impaired driving incidents and crashes.

The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist says getting the endorsement of the Progressive Party is a key part of their strategy to win the election
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Democratic candidate for governor Christine Hallquist is receiving threats of violence after her historic victory in last week’s primary.

t. John Flannigan, left, and Capt. James Whitcomb sit at a table looking at each other in front of recording equipment.
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Starting on July 1, it will be legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana under Vermont state law — and that will bring about changes in how the police interact with motorists.

Racial disparities in traffic stops by Vermont State Police are improving, but there are still gaps between the rate at which white and black drivers are stopped and searched.

Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George, seen at a press conference Friday, will not file charges in a police shooting that took place in February.
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Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan announced Friday he will not bring criminal charges against two police officers who shot a man on the side of Interstate 89 in February.

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Vermont State Police say law enforcement officers arrested two Highgate residents wanted in connection with a body found over the weekend.

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Vermont State Police continue to investigate the police shooting of a robbery suspect in Brattleboro Friday night.

Vermont State trooper cars parked.
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Vermont State Police are emphasizing less-lethal weapons and tactics as they review their use-of-force procedures, as well as the policies that dictate when and how officers return to the job after critical incidents. But while some new weapons, tools and administrative changes have already been adopted, the policies surrounding use of force are still being reviewed.

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Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place after a traffic stop on Interstate 89 southbound Sunday, leaving one man dead.

Will Lambek of Migrant Justice says a traffic stop and subsequent detention of two migrant farmworkers is evidence the state needs to strengthen its fair and impartial policing policy.
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A Franklin County, Vermont sheriff's officer called for the U.S. Border Patrol after he pulled over two Mexican farmworkers for a traffic violation last August. 

Members of the Vermont State Police Tactical Services Unit shot and killed a 32-year-old man at his home in Poultney Friday morning, according to a release from Vermont State Police.

Vermont State Police are investigating the death of 59-year-old Cindy Cook of Barre after her body was found next to a dirt road in Middlesex Wednesday evening. According to preliminary autopsy results, Cook’s death was a homicide. A cause of death has yet to be determined.

State officials are investigating the death of a toddler in the care of a foster family under the supervision of the Department for Children and Families.

A Vermont State Police cruiser watches for speeding drivers on I-89 in September 2015.
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Last spring, analyses of five years of data revealed clear racial disparities in Vermont State Police traffic stops. But after conversations with the troopers whose stops showed the greatest disparities, state police officials say they’ve found no instances of implicit or explicit racial bias.

Police say 33-year-old Markus Austin was shot dead in Montpelier early Sunday morning.

Harwood Union High School has opened its doors today, a federal holiday, to allow its students to come together after a crash on Interstate 89 this weekend killed five teenagers, four of them from Harwood. The school is also holding a candlelight vigil this evening.

Police say five people are dead after a wrong-way driver caused several dramatic crashes on I-89 in Williston around midnight Sunday.

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He took over the post of Vermont State Police director as the state was in the throes of an opiate abuse epidemic. He's had to answer questions about a new study showing racial disparities in VSP traffic stops.

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Hundreds of Vermont state police cruisers are on the road every day – and it’s someone’s job to make sure they’re in good running order.  

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